IndonesiaLeaks: New Platform for Whistleblowers and Muckrakers

Ten media houses and five civil society organizations have come together to form IndonesiaLeaks, a digital platform for whistleblowers. The secure online platform is crucial in Indonesia due to the lack of whistleblower protection schemes. Those who take risks leaking information on offenses happening in their institutions are often prosecuted and intimidated.

Behind the First Arab Data Journalists’ Network

In 2012, Amr Eleraqi launched a data visualization website to introduce the concept of data visualization to the Arabic-speaking world. Earlier this year, Eleraqi and team of nine launched the first Arab Data Journalists’ Network. Here’s how the group plans on changing the data journalism scene in the region.

Mongolia Holds Pioneering IJ Conference

Mongolia held its first international investigative reporting conference earlier this month, drawing over 100 attendees from 10 countries, including trainers from Germany, Japan and the United States. The event recognized the enterprising work being done by local journalists while launching Central Asia’s first nonprofit investigative newsroom, the Mongolian Centre for Investigative Journalism.

From Turkey to Thailand: GIJN Adds 10 Members 

Gutsy online reporting sites from Japan, Taiwan, Thailand and Tunisia, data journalism centers in Turkey and Ukraine, and a West African reporting network are among the 10 new members approved by the GIJN Board of Directors this week. The new groups bring GIJN’s membership to 155 organizations in 68 countries.

Digital Strategy: Prioritize Community, Not Audience

The old news business model has been serving advertisers and investors at the expense of the most important people in the media equation — the public, the readers, the users. But now that digital media have broken up that arranged marriage of advertising and news content, publishers are rediscovering the importance of focusing on serving readers.

Can Philanthropy Save the Media?

The media, civil society, and democracy are under unprecedented duress around the world. Protecting the independent media and the public sphere presents an “epic challenge,” but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help. Bruce Sievers and Patrice Schneider detail five avenues worth pursuing in funding news media and argue that charitable donors should significantly increase their investment in the media.